Why the iPad Could Be a Killer

March 30, 2010

When sifting through all the noise concerning the iPad’s impending launch, people usually fall into two camps – either they believe the hype or they don’t. I tend to see why some aren’t falling for the notion of the iPad being a gamechanger – for example, there’s no multitasking, it may be hard to type on and use as a creative device, and some say it would be very uncomfortable to use for an extended period of time. I for one am actually believing the hype – and here’s why.

Back in the pre-iPhone days of mid-2007, many thought the iPhone wouldn’t be the all-conquering, must-have smartphone it turned out to be (I admit I had my doubts as well). The gamechanger in the iPhone’s case, as many have mentioned, was the app explosion. It was hard to see the app craze coming – unless you jailbroke your iPhone in the beginning and noticed that it wasn’t just some featurephone, but a handheld computer. Likewise, I fall into the same thinking when it comes to the iPad – the apps could make it something entirely new, something so compelling that even non-techies can’t ignore it. One only has to check out this recent macrumors post showing promising apps like Mixr and iMockups to get a bit psyched about the possibilites. Am I going to pick one up on launch day? If I had the disposable income I would, but I think the smart play is to wait for a possible price cut, a front-facing camera, and multitasking capability. What do you think?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Neel March 31, 2010 at 4:04 am

you've been saying game changer a lot…


Neel March 31, 2010 at 4:06 am
Pras March 31, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Yup, I did. The macrumors original story has more color on it:

"Current iPod Touch owners have had to pay for each major OS software update, while iPhone owners have received their updates for free. The reasoning behind this policy has been blamed on legal accounting requirements.

It appears iPad owners will fall somewhere in the middle. iPad owners will receive the next major OS update (4.x in the case of new iPad owners) for free, but may have to pay for the next major upgrade (5.x)."

So its nothing new from Apple's recent behavior, but still annoying for early adopters nonetheless.


Madhu S March 31, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I think that a lot of this "game-changer" business will be the result of the chic-factor/"gotta have it" factor. I wonder if the product would do just as well if someone else had made it?


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